Editorial Policy and Process
HJLL is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. Manuscripts are reviewed by at least one national and one international reviewer. This not only makes the publication process stringent and in line with the best publication practices followed internationally, but also allows the researchers to improve their work through valuable feedback from renowned local and international scholars. The articles rejected by even one of the reviewers are not considered for publication. The journal follows the following procedure for the review and editing of the manuscripts
1. Acknowledgement of Manuscript Receipt
The Editor acknowledges the receipt of a manuscript by email within three working days. The manuscript is given a unique ID.
2. Internal review
The manuscript is internally reviewed for conformity to the Guidelines to Authors. The Editor may return the manuscript back for corrections if it does not meet the criteria stipulated in the Guidelines to Authors. The manuscript is then assigned a code and a blind copy of the manuscript is prepared.
3. Review Process
The blind copy of the manuscript is then sent to national and international reviewers approved by the Editorial Board according to their area of specialization reflected from the keywords in the manuscript. The reviewers are asked to provide their review on the performa specifically designed for the purpose. The review process usually takes eight to twelve weeks. However, in circumstances beyond the control of the Editor this time could be extended. The outcome of this round of review may be “Accept”, “Minor Revision”, “Major Revision” or “Rejection”. Two positive reviews are required to finally accept the paper. However, the final decision regarding the manuscript acceptance or rejection lies with the Editor of the Journal. The Editor will notify author(s) of the outcome of the peer-review process through e-mail. The Editor will also notify the author(s) of the date for the submission of final copy of a manuscript.
A manuscript that has been declined may not be resubmitted to the Journal unless it has been substantially revised and is treated as a new submission. The author(s) may also choose not to revise the manuscript and may notify the Editor to remove it from further consideration in the Journal.